HIGH POINT, N.C., March 27, 2013 – The High Point University department of theatre will delight audiences – and get them ready for warmer days – with its spring production, “Picnic.” The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 11-13, and at 2 p.m. on April 14 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. It is open to the public, and tickets are available to purchase.
The play, by William Inge, is a slice of classic 20th century American theatre that explores life in small town rural America. The play takes place on a balmy Labor Day in the joined backyards of two houses in small town Kansas, where a group a women are preparing for a picnic. When a handsome young drifter named Hal arrives, his combination of uncouth manners and titillating charm sends the women reeling – especially the beautiful Madge. When Hal is forced out of town, Madge has to decide whether their fleeting encounter is worth changing the entire course of her life.
The play stars seniors William Allison as Bomber, Chrissy Bracken as Flo Owens, Blair Cooper as Helen Potts, Lauren Henkel as Madge Owens, and Turner Morehead as Howard; juniors Justin Beard as Hal Carter, Josh Stein as Alan Seymour, and Kelsey Swann as Millie Owens; and freshmen Summer Kiesel as Irma Summer, Lauren Quintel as Christine, and Macki Quirk as Rosemary.
“The play has moments of deep passion and humor, and will tug at the heart strings,” says Doug Brown, assistant professor of theatre at HPU. “A couple of lines from the final scene with Madge and her mother, Flo, truly summarize the main thrust of the play. Madge says, ‘Oh Mom, what can you do with the love you feel? Where is there you can take it?’ And Flo replies, ‘I…I never found out.’ … ‘Picnic’ is a timeless American classic about the line between restraint and desire.”
Brown adds that the set for the play is one of the biggest that the theatre department has ever created, and will feature a full two-story home and a lawn with real grass.
“Our students take their work very seriously, and this astounding set helps bring the audience into the midst of the production,” Brown says. “The show and set are quite remarkable; we encourage the community to attend our last production of the year.”
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for students and $3 for children 12 and under. Those interested in purchasing tickets may contact the HPU Box Office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.